Colgate Announces 2nd Quarter Results

Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) today reported worldwide Net sales of $4,267 million in second quarter 2012, an increase of 2.0% versus second quarter 2011. Global unit volume grew 5.0%, pricing increased 3.5% and foreign exchange was negative 6.5%. Excluding divested businesses, global unit volume grew 5.5%. The Sanex acquisition contributed 1.0% to sales and volume growth. Organic sales (Net sales excluding foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestments) grew 8.0%.

Net income and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2012 were $627 million and $1.30, respectively. Net income in the quarter included $14 million of aftertax charges ($0.03 per diluted share) resulting from the implementation of the previously disclosed business realignment and other cost-saving initiatives (“business realignment initiatives”) and costs associated with the sale of land in Mexico. Net income and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2011 were $622 million and $1.26, respectively.

Excluding the above noted items, Net income in second quarter 2012 was $641 million, an increase of 3% versus second quarter 2011, and Diluted earnings per share in second quarter 2012 was $1.33, an increase of 6% versus second quarter 2011.

Gross profit margin was 57.7% in second quarter 2012, an increase of 30 basis points versus the year ago quarter. Excluding the above noted items, gross profit margin was 57.9% in second quarter 2012, an increase of 50 basis points versus the year ago quarter, as higher pricing and cost savings from the Company’s funding-the-growth initiatives more than offset the impact of increases in raw and packaging material costs and negative foreign exchange transaction costs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 34.3% and 34.0% of Net sales in second quarter 2012 and 2011, respectively. Excluding costs associated with the business realignment initiatives, Selling, general and administrative expenses were 34.2% of Net sales in second quarter 2012, driven entirely by increases in advertising. Worldwide advertising spending increased 4% versus the year ago quarter to $457 million.

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